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First use in UK of AI-controlled sorter

Industrial and commercial waste specialist Green Recycling has bought a Max-AI autonomous quality control (AQC) to increase recovery of recyclables without adding manual labour at its commercial and commingled dry recyclables MRF in Maldon, Essex.

Rob Smith, managing director, said: “We believe this technology will revolutionise MRF operations, and we are excited to be the first to introduce it in the UK.

“Not only is the technology capable of sorting up to six end fractions in one location, but it is also adjustable should the material or markets change, and will deliver significant operational improvements.”

Launched last year by Oregon-based Bulk Handling Systems, the Max-AI AQC incorporates an AI-powered vision system to identify recyclables and make decisions, along with a robotic sorter that picks items and places them into chutes.

The Max-AI AQC is capable of making around 65 picks/minute.

At Green Recycling’s facility, equipment opens bags, collects plastic film and corrugated board, and segregates material using screen and air separation technologies. The Max-AI AQC then follows, working on the recovery line to capture card, news & pams, natural HDPE, PET bottles and wood.



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